The course covers the structural and functional aspects of the airframe, including basic aircraft structural loads, detailed description of individual airframe components, their method of construction, usage of aircraft structural manuals, assembly techniques such as riveting, bolting and common methods of surface protection against corrosion. The subject also introduces composite materials and repairs for modern aircraft.
Knowledge of this subject allows the student to appreciate and understand that safe and efficient structures play an important role in aircraft operational safety. The student will be equipped with relevant structural knowledge for the maintenance and repair of aircraft.
Students will be able to:
- Identify major airframe structure components,
- Differentiate between monocoque and semi-monocoque constructions, understand the construction of fuselage, door, cockpit, window, wing, pylon, engine mount, primary and secondary flight control surfaces,
- Interpret Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), Structural Repair Manual (SRM) and Illustrated Parts Catalogue (IPC),
- Outline the considerations and guidelines for selecting fasteners and identify common riveting tools,
- List the factors affecting corrosion and identify the various forms of corrosion and
- Describe common composite materials and the associated structures used in the airframe structure.